When I first got into photography, I toyed with the idea of becoming a concert photographer for a while. After all, I loved going to concerts, and I loved taking pictures – what could be bad about combining the two?
I’ve shot plenty of concerts since then, but nothing that had the vibe I wanted back then. I had always pictured something like the House of Blues I grew up next to; that grungy, dark, small space filled with people dancing. Nowadays, I usually photograph big name bands or concerts that are one part of an event.
Last night I photographed a concert at ‘The Lair’ – a new concert venue downtown that caters to mostly heavy metal, rock, and punk bands. To some regard, I was right. Interesting light, high energy, and friendly people made the atmosphere great and I had a lot of fun shooting it, but I’m glad that isn’t my full-time gig.
I would almost definitely be deaf in the relatively near future, I would live in constant fear of having a camera smashed in a mosh pit or slammed against the stage, and I think that at a certain point I would get sick of it. But hey, at least I can check something off my 17-year-old self’s to-do list.